Episode #3261

Music from Latin America

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hear music by Afro-Cuban composer/conductor Tania León from a recently composed dance score, "Inura," on this New Sounds program.  León was born and raised in Cuba but her ancestry spans Europe, Africa, and Asia as well as the Americas.  Her score, “Inura,” is a vibrant and colorful work for voices, strings and percussion created for DanceBrazil, inspired by Candomblé.

Candomblé, like Santería in the Caribbean, is a syncretism of traditional African animism and European Catholicism that has been practiced for centuries.  We'll listen to that and other works from Latin America. 

PROGRAM # 3261, “Music of Latin America” (First aired on 10/25/2011)                                                





Osvaldo Golijov
(Schola Cantorum de Caracas, Alberto Grau Choir,  Orquesta La Pasión, Maria Guinand, cond.)

La Pasión Según San Marcos

Vision (Baptism On The Cross) [1:04]
Dance Of The Ensnared Fisherman [:52]
Two Days [1:40]
The Eucharist [3:52]

Hänssler Classic 98404

Tania León

In Motion

Inura [34:58]


Osvaldo Golijov
(Schola Cantorum de Caracas, Alberto Grau Choir,  Orquesta La Pasión, Maria Guinand, cond.)

La Pasión Según San Marcos

The Arrest [2:31]
We Give Thanks To The Lord, excerpt [2:00]

See above.

Comments [2]

Gianni Mano from Brooklyn, NY

Beautiful piece. It's great to hear the traditional rhythms brought into the concert hall in such an intelligent, authentic way.

Oct. 26 2011 12:33 AM
Marcos from the Bronx

Thank you for this program focused on new fine art music with Afri-Latin American roots. Two points of clarification:

1) Syncretism, is not the covering of one cultural foundation with the "thin veneer" of another as you stated in your commentary. Rather syncretism or sincretismo, especially as found in Latin America, is the active blending of cultures and/or beliefs in such a way that no element may be removed, or degraded without losing the integrity and identity of the whole.

Of course, it is important to mention that sycretism has been employed as a strategy for members of opressed cultures to preserve elements of their cultures which have been under assault by a dominant culture.But, in my experience many practitioners of syncretic Latino cultural practices are passionate in defending all of the aspects of their traditions. For ex, Vodun practitioners who are proud to see themselves as also Catholic/Christian, and Bomberos who affirm that Bomba is a Puerto Rican dance/music form with influences from Africa, Europe, and Taino Boriken, rather than an African form simply practiced in Puerto Rico.

2) Of course Cuba, is not in South America. So this program would have been better titled music of Latin America.

Oct. 26 2011 12:09 AM

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